Australian Dictionary of Biography

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The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.

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The ADB is produced by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University.


* *Proposed ADB entries for people who died 1991-2000* *

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John Le Gay Brereton (1871–1933)

John Le Gay Brereton

John Le Gay Brereton (1871-1933), scholar and writer, was born on 2 September 1871 in Sydney, fifth son of John Le Gay Brereton, medical practitioner, and his wife Mary, née Tongue. His parents had arrived in Melbourne in the Dover Castle on 25 July 1859 and moved to Sydney. His father practised in the city, was a minor poet and a leading member of the Swedenborgian community. In 1882 the family moved to a new home, Osgathorpe, at Gladesville. Brereton was educated at Sydney Grammar School from...

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George Gavin Lawson (1882–1953)

George Gavin Lawson (1882-1953), architect, was born on 27 May 1882 at Leith, Edinburgh, third of five children of William Lawson, corn merchant, and his wife Jessie Muller, née Wilson. Educated in...

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